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  e-newsletter of the Centre for Environment Education
93 rd issue
Bhutan workshop

Children’s Forest Programme

Teachers Training Programme
Children’s Forest Programme (CFP) is a programme to develop green campuses and to introduce environmental education to create better school environment. The programme focuses on the whole school - children, teachers, school management, and local community. In India, this programme is reaching to 1550 schools of various States.

In Uttar Pradesh, CFP is introduced in five districts under Uttar Pradesh Participatory Forest Management and Poverty Alleviation Project (UP-PFMPAP) of UP Forest Department, supported by JICA. 100 schools are selected from each district. CEE North is one of the nodal agencies to implement this programme in Uttar Pradesh.

Engaging teachers in hands-on teaching learning-methods

CEE North organized a two-day teachers training workshop under the Children’s Forest Programme on 29-30 October 2013 in Lucknow. The workshop was the last in the series for the third batch of CFP schools. It was attended by 50 teachers from 30 schools of Lucknow district. The workshop aimed at building capacity of teachers to use teaching learning methods to transact environmental-conservation related concepts, and creating mini-forests in the school campus through environmental education.

The workshop was inaugurated by Mr. Rajeev Kumar, Chief Project Director, UP- PFMPAP. In his inaugural address, he emphasized the important role of teachers in the CFP initiative, as students see them as role models. Mr. Atul Jindal, Project Director of UP-PFMPAP emphasized that when students undertake activities in their childhood these become a habit for life. Once the children are sensitized, the future would be secure. The role of teachers is of utmost importancein this process.

Various environmental education activities were conducted with teachers, focusing on approaches such as games, demonstration, performing arts, etc. Teachers shared their experience about action being taken in the field of water conservation, waste management, biodiversity etc. Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia, Programme Coordinator, CEE North guided teachers to prepare their own action plans towards conducting an environmental audit in their schools. She also introduced the participants to the environment calendar which could be a part of their plantation schedule. Mr. Mohd. Ahsan, Former PCCF of UP Forest Department, in the concluding session, shared his experience of working for forest and wildlife conservation. He emphasized the fact that we usually conserve things which we are attached with; as teachers, one needs to build affection and appreciation among children for nature and its services.

Science Express Biodiversity Special
Finding out more about freshwater biodiversity of Northern India as part of Nature Tour.

Nature Tours at Forest Reserve
Nature tours for CFP Action Team is one of the key activities under CFP. CEE North organized 15 nature tours for the CFP schools of Lucknow from November 18 to December 6. The tours were organized at Kukrail Forest Reserve which is also gharial and freshwater rehabilitation centre.

CEE North has by now conducted nature tours for 70 schools. Out of 30 nature tours, CEE North organized 15 tours during the months of November –December where more than 1350 students and teachers participated in the tours. At the forest reserve a range of educational games, trails, quiz etc were organized too.

CEE North invited the dolphin programme partner Turtle Survival Alliance (TSA) to facilitate technical sessions on fresh water biodiversity including turtles, gharials and other freshwater fauna of Northern India.

Teachers Meet on Environment

Ms. Preeti R. Kanaujia and Mr. Sanjay Tiwari from CEE North were invited as guest speakers during the monthly teachers meet organized by City Montessori School (CMS) at Lucknow on October 31. CMS has 20 branches in the city with a strength of 45000 students. The schools gives due importance to environment education and have allocated the last day of every month where Teacher Environment Coordinators of all branches meet and share their efforts.

Ms. Geeta Gandhi Kingdon, Head of the CMS requested CEE to address environment coordinators on CEE’s various school initiatives being taken for promoting EE.

The CEE Faculty interacted and shared ideas on environment-based action projects. Ms. Kanaujia gave a brief background on CEE’s school initiatives, especially the Paryavaran Mitra initiative. Mr. Tiwari shared the Young Leaders for Change experience through a video, and also briefed teachers about the Young Masters Programme. The environment coordinators showed willingness to be a part of CEE’s initiative to promote more intensive EE activities in CMS schools.

Bhutan workshop
Working together towards the Development of Environmental Science Curriculum and Framework

CEE Supports Bhutan in Development of Environmental Science Curriculum and Framework

CEE has partnered with the Royal Society for Protection of Nature, Bhutan to undertake the development of Environmental Science framework and curriculum for school education. The objective of the project is to enhance the environmental component in the education programme in Bhutan. Towards this a Environment science curriculum framework will be developed for grades from pre-primary to twelve, by March 2015.

Under this partnership, CEE would provide its expertise towards reviewing and standardizing Environment Science curriculum framework; developing standard environmental science textbook writing guidelines, and also orient the Bhutanese textbook writers. CEE would also provide a global perspective of environmental issues in relevant chapters of the Environment Science text books. An in-service teacher training programme to teach environment science will also be conducted under this collaboration.

Ganges River Dolphin Day Programme
Fun with painting

Paryavaran Mitra Programme

National-level Painting Competition was These were organised in different parts of the country under the Paryavaran Mitra Programme as a joint initiative of CEE and Petroleum Conservation Research Association (PCRA). The themes of this competition were ‘Save fuel yaani save money’; ‘The less you burn the more you earn’, and ‘Use petroleum with care.’

Rajasthan: The competition attracted enthusiastic participation of students from schools of Jaipur. The CEE Jaipur team facilitated events at three selected locations of Jaipur on November 11, 13 and 18.  The event saw a turn-out of over 470 participants. Students depicted their concerns, and also the need to save scarce resources, through colourful art. Handprint ideas that encouraged each individual to reflect on resource efficient lifestyles were also portrayed in the drawings.

Bihar and Uttar Pradesh: CEE North in association with Gram Pragati organized two PCRA painting competitions on November 26 and 30 at Bhojpur and West Champaran in Bihar. More than 400 students from 5 schools took part in the competition.  Students were given a brief introduction about the topics. Presence of eminent experts and environmentalists during the event motivated students.

CEE North also facilitated painting competitions at 11 locations in Bihar and UP catering to urban and rural schools of the regions. 

Winning students from all states were awarded prizes and certificates. Selected paintings were sent to Delhi for further screening.  

At Sundarvan, Ahmedabad
Getting a closer look. The magic of bird-watching!

Nature Camp at Sandi Bird Sanctuary

A nature camp, first of its kind in Uttar Pradesh, was organized by CEE North in association with Uttar Pradesh Forest Corporation (UPFC) at Sandi Bird Sanctuary on November 15. The sanctuary is located in Hardoi district at a distance of 150 km from Lucknow.

The UPFC has been designated as the nodal agency for promoting ecotourism in State where nature camps for school students is one of the key components. CEE North is partnering with UPFC to promote environmental education in schools through this nature camp initiative.

A group of 30 students along with 3 teachers from Kendriya Vidyalaya and City Montessori School, Lucknow joined the camp. The Range Officer of the Sanctuary briefed students about the sanctuary’s key features and informed them about dos and donts.

CEE North team conducted ice breaker session and guided students on how to take observation notes during the trail. Each student was given a camping kit with educational materials to help them identify birds and make their observations.

Students then went on for a bird-watching trail which began with a briefing about wetlands and the critical role they play in terms of water and biodiversity. Students enjoyed the experience of watching a mother Sarus crane with her chick; observing kingfishers flying close over water; spotting a big-horned owl, seeing flocks of openbilled storks, purple moorhen, and singhara (trapa) fields. Each student was given a participation certificate for the camp.

CEE is the ENVIS centre on Environmental Education (EE). As an ENVIS centre, CEE caters to the information needs of environmental educators. Write to the CEE ENVIS Centre at

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